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First published 1941 (SND Vol. II). Includes material from the 2005 supplement.
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CHEEN, CHINE, Chyne, n. and v.  (chine Ayr.; cheen Abd. 2000s). Also cheyne. Gen.Sc. (except I.Sc.) forms of St.Eng. chain. [tʃin Sc.; tʃəin ne.Sc.]Sc. 1912 A.O.W.B. Fables frae the French 43:
Jalousin' a' was wrang, he brak His cheen, an' syne he speedit back To his auld hame.
Mry.(D) 1927 E. B. Levack Stories Old Lossiemouth 22:
Awyte he's no chined, the blaggaird that 'e is!
Abd. a.1879 W. Forsyth Sel. from Writings (1882) 8:
An' beylies, wi' their gowden chyne, An' flowin' wig, an' cockit hat. Traditional Old Rhyme (per Abd.16 1939): Fan I gaed up the Gallowgate an doon the Windy Wynd, There wis five and twenty wyvers hingin' on a chyne.
Abd. 1987 Sheena Blackhall in Joy Hendry Chapman 49 57:
Invidious, the chynes we forge wirsel!
I wis a prisoner o my ain devising.
Abd. 1991 George Bruce in Tom Hubbard The New Makars 21:
I thocht o the bearers o the chyne o life
that would gang on and on ...
Abd. 1998 Sheena Blackhall The Bonsai Grower 18:
She wis mair nur a bittickie feart o thon bull, fa bedd cheyned bi a ring throwe his snoot tae his staa, ...
Edb. 1996:
That's a nice gold chine roon yer neck.
s.Sc. 1857 H. S. Riddell Psalms lxviii. 6:
God setts the rewfu' an' lane in families: he brings owt thae whilk ar bund in cheens.

[O.Sc. has cheyne, 1375, chen(e), a.1400, chyne, 1664, chine, etc. (D.O.S.T.).]

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